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Saturday, August 5, 2017

8/5/2017 Modoc July Complex Fire Update

Fire Information Line: 530-710-8620
Date Started: July 24, 2017           
Cause:  Lightning             
Size:  83,001 acres           
Containment: 54% 
Structures Destroyed:            0          
Firefighter injuries to date:  4          
Total Personnel: 2,491
Fire Resources:    60 crews,   177 engines,   4 helicopters,   35 bulldozers,   48 water tenders

California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 and CAL FIRE remain in unified command to manage the Modoc July Complex’s Steele and Cove fires. Great progress has been achieved through the efforts of firefighters and cooperators working together. The fires were held within their containment lines and further depth in mop up was achieved on both the Steele and Cove fires.

Conditions conducive to extreme critical fire behavior are still present. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Saturday because of high temperatures, low humidity, and expected dry lightning from thunderstorms which also means a possibility of gusty and erratic winds. Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop up to further secure containment lines while safely mitigating exposure to the hazards associated with gusty winds and burned trees. Initial attack resources are prepared to respond to new starts as the conditions align similar to the scenario that occurred at the initial onset of the complex. The Modoc July Complex is providing fire suppression resources in support of the Parker 2 Fire in the Warner Mountains.

The Cove Fire, near Adin, is estimated at 30,887 acres. Yesterday the fire stayed within containment lines after burning only in the interior cleaning up pockets of unburned fuel. The tactical firing used Friday to clean up the edges of the fire, removing fuel between the fire and the line that could ignite and challenge containment lines with the increased winds, further secured the fireline overnight. Firefighters gained further depth interior in their mop up and will continue to patrol, mop up, and hold the perimeter today.

The Steele Fire, south of the Oregon/California border, is estimated at 45,720 acres. Friday’s spot fire, now fully contained and being mopped up. Firefighters took quick action and were aided by VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers) which slowed the fire’s progression and allowed crews to work directly along the fire’s edge building containment line before it crossed Crowder Flat Road. All lines held overnight once again. Fire crews also were able to complete contingency fireline to the northeast near Collins Pines. The Lake and Rimrock fires are in patrol status.

Evacuation orders for Rush Creek, the northeast corner of Round Valley, and county roads 87 and 90 are now in a voluntary status. Residents may return home but the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office urges people to be mindful of fire equipment and operations in the area and be prepared to evacuate if the need arises. For more information on evacuations, please call the Modoc County Emergency Operations Center at 530-680-3646.

Road closures remain in effect on County Road 87 and County Road 90 for non-residents.

To view all Forest Service Closures, a Forest Closure Order can be found at

The latest Modoc July Complex Information can be found at: or at

View the latest map of the Modoc July Complex here

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